Official message from Ken Trough Posted: Nov 22 2006, 01:31 PM
The site was severely hacked. The boards have been defaced, the administrator and moderator accounts were deleted or otherwise corrupted and some malware code has apparently been inserted. This malware reportedly affects Internet Explorer exploits, so if you run IE please stay off the site for a day or two until we get some cleaned and protected code infrastructure back online.
Rest assured though that no passwords were compromised. All passwords are stored in encrypted form in the database. I as the administrator super user cannot even see any passwords. I can only reset them. So anyway, the hackers did not get anyone's passwords.
At this point we know how the hack was accomplished, how to fix it, and how to prevent it from happening again. Further, I will be instating new moderators and administrators to insure that in the case of a future emergency, more timely action can be taken in the event that I am not immediately available.
I have been mostly offline trying to be productive in the shop on a next generation electric vehicle project and I just found out about all this yesterday. Rest assured that we are doing everything to get the forums back safely in the shortest possible time.
No one should assume that this came from within our community, and we should all continue to work to help make this community a better place. Let's pull together in this time of adversity.
Ken is also stopping in the VRefuge http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/VRefuge/ for some hot cider, that's him over by the fire place taking a nap, so we won't disturb him now, as long as we know he's ok. I guest we need a Guest Book or something uh?